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BRICK MANSIONS

Movie Review by David Blackwell

 

90 minutes, Rated PG-13

STUDIO: Relativity Media/ Europa Corp

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 4-25-2014

 

STARRING Paul Walker (Damien), David Belle (Lino), Rza

SCREENPLAY by Luc Besson, based on the DISTRICT 13 screenplay

DIRECTED by Camille Delamarre

BRICK MANISIONS is a remake of BANLIEUE 13 aka DISTRICT 13.   As one of the final movies to star Paul Walker, it is just OK with some great action sequences and yet a little more story could have made it a fantastic movie instead of one you can wait to rent.  

 

BRICK MANSIONS shifts the setting from Paris 2010 to Detroit 2018 where a housing project called Brick Mansions is walled off by the city with police monitoring who come and goes.  The mayor of Detroit hatches a plan to redevelop Brick Mansions.  His plans intersects with the revenge plans of an undercover narcotics detective looking to bring down all of the men responsible for the drug trade coming out of Brick Mansions with the final target being the man he believes killed his father- Tremaine Alexander (Rza).   Then you have Lino (David Belle) who wants to clean up Brick Mansions twenty kilos of drugs at a time.   The gangs are after him and he is thrown in prison.  He must team up with the undercover cop to retrieve and deactivate a neutron bomb that the gangs have captured.

 

The movie starts with some good set up with some good action sequences, but the screenplay could have used more story.  I like seeing David Belle in action again with his Pakour skills.  He played a similar character called Leito in the two DISTRICT 13 movies.   I do like the fight scenes between Lino’s ex-girlfriend and the gang chick.   BRICK MANISIONS makes me want to go watch DISTRICT 13 again (which I own on DVD) so I can compare it to the remake.   People may feel oversentimental for this remake due to the untimely death of Paul Walker and this being one of his final films.   Still you may want to wait to rent it unless you’re a big Paul Walker or David Belle fan.  It’s not a bad remake, but BRICK MANSIONS isn’t a great film either.

 

This review is 4-27-2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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